Vitamin D is essential for good health, growth and strong bones.
There is no clear pattern of symptoms. In fact many people remain asymptomatic despite low levels. But here are the more common symptoms:
- General Muscle pain and weakness
- Muscle cramps
- Joint pain
- Chronic pain
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Restless Sleep
- Poor concentration
- Bladder problems
- Constipation or diarrhoea
Unlike other vitamins we do not get Vitamin D from food, our bodies make it in the skin from sunlight. To maintain normal levels we need exposure to sunlight on a regular basis.
Some foods that contain Vitamin D include oily fish (sardines, mackerel, pilchards and salmon) and milk, cheese, yoghurt and eggs.
The Doctor or Nurse Prescriber may issue you with a prescription to correct very low vitamin D levels (deficiency) this will need to be followed with a supplement purchased by you from the Pharmacy, Supermarket, Holland and Barrett or any other health food store or online at official websites such as:
The recommended on-going dose is 800 units daily.
- The initial loading dose for treatment may be 50,000 units once a week for 6 weeks
- 20,000 units twice a week for 7 weeks or
- 4,000 units daily for 10 weeks
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